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Postdoctoral Research Associate (EQUS)


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  • Opportunity to contribute to the research focused on quantum simulation using large two-dimensional ion crystals in a Penning trap
  • Located on the Camperdown Campus at the School of Physics. Join a community of world-class scientists
  • Full-time Level A, fixed term 12 months with a base salary of $93K - $103K p.a., plus leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate for projects focused on quantum simulation using large two-dimensional ion crystals in a Penning trap.

Our team has developed and operates a novel Penning-trap system to access and control two-dimensional arrays of Beryllium ions. We have recently added capabilities to engineer interactions between ions to mimic variable range spin couplings in quantum many-body physics. The current projects will follow our successful work on quantum control engineering and the generation of correlated spin states in ion crystals. Candidates will have the opportunity to contribute broadly to the group and participate in the:

  • development of new techniques in the control and detection of large two-dimensional quantum systems, leveraging insights from the fields of quantum physics and atomic physics.
  • study of exotic phenomena in quantum magnetism and quantum many-body physics using ion crystals in a Penning trap.
  • development of laser systems to generate optical dipole forces and implement ground state cooling of beryllium ions.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for Postdoctoral Research Associate (EQUS) who has:

  • a PhD (or near completion) in Physics or equivalent in a relevant field
  • proven ability to lead projects as part of a small team, and deliver major research outcomes
  • evidence of proficiency at oral and written communication
  • experience in one or more of the following experimental areas: ion trapping, atomic physics, precision metrology using atomic and optical systems, experimental quantum simulation, quantum-enhanced sensing with trapped ions
  • evidence of independent contributions to scientific or technical outcomes

To learn more about the School of Physics, click here

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the position description available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit https://sydney.edu.au/about-us/careers-at-sydney.html and search by the reference number 1228/1020F to apply.
Closing date: 11:30pm, Sunday 15 November 2020

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